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Firefox 48.0.2 FINAL

Firefox 48 includes better protection against harmful downloads

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 August 2016
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Downloads To Date: 227430
Developer: Mozilla
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Firefox 48 FINAL
Firefox 48 includes better protection against harmful downloads

Not everyone gets by with the default browser on their computer, and when it comes to picking an alternative, Firefox is one of the most popular out there, having clawed back support from upstart rivals like Google Chrome and Opera in recent years by switching to a rapid release cycle, ensuring major new versions of the browser are released every six weeks.

It’s true to say that individual updates often fail to deliver anything substantial, but cumulatively they roll together to produce a web browser that is radically different to the one – version 4 – that marked the start of a new era back in 2011.

Some of the landmark new features we’ve seen include a per-site Permissions Manager, enhanced Sync options, tabs on demand, silent updates and add-on enhancements. We also saw the launch of specific development branches including UX, which has led to the new Australis user interface, which sees a streamlined tab, revamped menu and customisation features.

One group particularly well served by the rapid release cycle have been developers, and a plethora of tools from Javascript Scratchpad (Firefox 6) to full-blown Developer Toolbar (Firefox 16) have worked their way into successive builds as Firefox courts this important community of users.

And underpinning this all are a constantly evolving set of performance improvements, standards support (HTML5 and CSS3 are constantly being added to, for instance) and bug fixes.

Firefox 48 is now in the stable channel. Improvements/changes include:

- NEW. Enhanced protection against harmful downloads! 
- NEW. Process separation (e10s) is enabled for some of you. Like it? Let us know and we'll roll it out to more.
- NEW. Add-ons that have not been verified and signed by Mozilla will not load
- NEW. GNU/Linux fans: Get better Canvas performance with speedy Skia support. Try saying that three times fast
- NEW. Various WebRTC embetterments
- NEW. Searching for something already in your bookmarks or open tabs? We added super smart icons to let you know
- NEW. Windows folks: Tab (move buttons) and Shift+F10 (pop-up menus) now behave as they should in Firefox customization mode
- NEW. The media parser has been redeveloped using the Rust programming language

Verdict:

Firefox 48 includes better protection against harmful downloads and more.

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Posted by: Andrew Ryback, 07 August 2016 14:54

For a number of years FF was my default browser. I think starting with version 40 (?), up to now, FF never worked properly on my Lenovo G50-70 or my two other computers. Poor page loading, jittery, then to just finally freeze up on me. I tried FF 48 final today and had the same crappy results. These days my default is cyberfox 48 and it is excellent. Too bad FF became a lame browser, but Cyberfox is an outstanding replacement.

BE AWARE

Posted by: Indy Jones, 23 December 2015 10:29

Firefox 43.0 changed the whole layout.The UI is so different. Do a backup with Mozbackup(nice little softy)and then update.

Tab based prefs

Posted by: Marc Klink, 15 May 2015 18:15

If this is all they can muster for a "new" version, it's more than time to go home.

This is just another link in the puzzle to make this browser look like Chrome, and that is not good - if we wanted Chrome, we would go straight to the source.

I really don't like to always be critical, but much of the "innovation" seen in FF's last 10 or so updates have been in the wrong direction, and are offputting to the long time users of the browser.

For myself, I'd like to see more movement toward Presto-based Opera, and FAR LESS movement toward Chrome.

FireFox

Posted by: Sharings.org, 01 May 2014 17:59

I love this browser. Because it has a number of Add-ons and much more facilities.

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